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Get Stressed , Get Old
It’s official. Stress can take ten years off your life. That’s the conclusion from
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(b) Stress decelerates the aging of our cells F
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  1. 1. ** TEXT Get Stressed , Get Old It’s official. Stress can take ten years off your life. That’s the conclusion from researchers at the University of California, who have been studying the affect of stress levels on the body. They found that stress accelerates the aging of our cells, which makes us more prone to age-related diseases. This is bad news for people with stressful jobs and hectic lifestyles as they are more likely to die earlier than less-stressed people. It’s a message for us all to slow down and take things easier. The researchers discovered in their tests that the system of cell reproduction and replacement, which of course keeps us going, becomes faster under duress. Each time a cell in our body is replaced, part of our DNA, called telomeres, shorten. When they become too short, cells cease reproducing and our bodies continue the aging process. This means longer telomeres lengthen our lives. Stress makes them shorter, and so we die prematurely. The simple message, therefore, is to take life easy. Research leader, Dr. Elissa Epel, compared 39 women who looked after children with chronic illnesses with a ‘control’ group of 19 mothers of healthy children. The length of the life-giving telomeres was then measured in their blood. The women who had the more stressful task of caring for chronically ill children aged the equivalent of ten years compared with the other women. Their stress levels caused them to age faster. It has always been common knowledge that stress kills. Now we may soon be able to measure how dangerous our careers and lifestyles really are. ** ACTIVITY TRUE/FALSE: Are the statements about the article true or false? (a) Stress can take ten years off your life. T / F (b) Stress decelerates the aging of our cells T / F (c) Stress makes us more prone to age-related diseases. T / F (d) People with hectic lifestyles are more likely to live longer T / F (e) Our body’s system of cell reproduction gets faster because of stress. T / F (f) We age because of something connected with our DNA called telomeres. T / F (g) Having very short telomeres means we live longer. T / F (h) Having children makes you die early. T / F (i) We may soon be able to measure our stress levels. T / F. Adapted from: http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/0412/01.stressKills.html Acess: November 13th , 2010.
  2. 2. ANSWER: (a) Stress can take ten years off your life. T (b) Stress decelerates the aging of our cells F (c) Stress makes us more prone to age-related diseases. T (d) People with hectic lifestyles are more likely to live longer F (e) Our body’s system of cell reproduction gets faster because of stress. T (f) We age because of something connected with our DNA called telomeres. T (g) Having very short telomeres means we live longer. F (h) Having children makes you die early. F (i) We may soon be able to measure our stress levels. T Adapted from: http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/0412/01.stressKills.html Acess: November 13th , 2010.

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